I have written book reviews here from quite sometime , so thought of including movies here . Have been tired of seeing the movies with special effects , high tech gadgets , car chases . Just wanted to see a movie with real humans dealing with imperfections of human mind , its insecurities , its urge to delve into new and unknown places . And here it is “The Reader ” .
Well , Reader is not just another Nazi flick . It deals with the deeper issues and is based on a novel by the same name by Bernhard Schlink . It’s really intriguing to see an intimate relationship between two complete strangers with a large age difference which eventually has a profound impact over their entire life . Kate Winslet has convincingly portrayed the character of Hannah Schmitz who meets a boy , Micheal , half of her age with whom she begins an affair which lasts over a month . Later on he discover while attending court proceedings that she was SS guard at one of the Nazi concentration camps in Aushwitz . It is a complex film that does not gives easy answers .The story does not preaches anything and lets the audience to draw out what they make out of it – was the love affair morally justified ? On Hannah ‘s side she was giving sexual favour to the boy so that he reads to her though she didn’t confide in him of her being an illiterate . Our egos and the fear of ignominy does not allow us to accept our weaknesses, even if it means the lifetime of misery . Can the shame of illiteracy outweigh the shame of committing mass murder . On the other hand Michael is torn between a desire for justice and his knowledge of a secret that may save Hanna.
I loved these lines read by Micheal to Hannah from the book “Intrigue and Love” by Schiller
“I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I’ll love. Danger will only increase my love, it will sharpen it, it will give it spice. I’ll be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say
‘Only one thing can make a soul
complete, and that thing is love.’